Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mesua ferrea

Botanical name : Mesua ferrea auct.non Linn. (M. nagassarium (Burm.f.) Kosterm
Family : Clusiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Nagakesara, Nagapushpa, Kanakahva, Hemakinjalka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Iron wood tree
Hindi : Peela nagkesar
Malayalam : Nagapoov, Nagachampakam, Nanku, Vayanav, Churuli, Eliponku

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An evergreen tree grows up to 30 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, thick, lanceolate, covered with cuticle, red colored when young. Flowers white, fragrant, axillary or sometimes at the tip of branches. Stamen golden yellow. Fruits ovoid with surrounded by persistent sepals. Seeds 1-4 angular, grey or brown and smooth.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, vata, fever, cough, asthma, itching, hyper perspiration, skin diseases, and acid peptic diseases.
Useful part : Flowers, oil

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